“WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE BECOMES A MEMORY, THAT MEMORY BECOMES A TREASURE”
Edward Dale Papsun,(Grandpa Bud, Papa, and Big Ed), of Port Orange, Florida, originally from Tionesta, Meadville, and Conneaut lake, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease on May 9, 2023 at Emory L. Bennett State VA Care Home in Daytona, Florida. Ed was born in Warren, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1942 to Edward Charles and Margie (Flick) Papsun, who are deceased. He also was raised by his Uncle Jack, (Herman) and Aunt Mary (Papsun) Jackson from Orangeville, Ohio, who are deceased.
Ed was a graduate of Vernon High School, Ohio in 1960 and was in the Naval Reserves his senior year. After graduation, he joined the US Navy. He was very proud to be in the Naval Honor Guard. Ed represented the Navy at the Arlington National Cemetery burials, and the ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He also attended the inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Inaugural Ball at the White House. After Washington, Ed was stationed at Port Lyaritey, in Morocco, Africa. He was in the Fleet Intelligence Center of Europe (FICEUR) for 2 years and even had a stent on a submarine.
After the Navy, Ed went to work for the Erie Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna, Conrail, and finally retiring as General Car Foreman in 2000 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 37 years of service.
Ed married his long-time best friend, Carolyn Werley Cargo, on April 1, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Together they loved traveling, golfing, going to NASCAR races, and spending winters in Florida. Ed also enjoyed hunting with his son Ed and grandson Dakota. On his bucket list was an African safari hunt, which he did in 2007 and brought back 10 animals which are all on the wall in his home in Tionesta, except for one special zebra rug.
He was a past member of The American Legion of Tidioute, VFW of Tidioute, Amvets 911 of Port Orange, Moose Club of Titusville and the Meadville Club.
Ed was a warm and loving man with an outgoing personality which awarded him with many friends over the years. Once you met Ed, you would never forget him. He had a great sense of humor with a huge belly laugh, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Ed loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them whenever he could.
Ed leaves behind his loving wife, Carolyn, sister Michelina Papsun Renshaw of Fairview, Pa, daughter Michelle (Ed) Mattera, of Conneautville, Pa, son Edward (Andrea Hafer) Papsun of Geneva/Conneaut Lake, Pa., grandson Dakota Papsun of Geneva and great-grandchildren Gauge and Harlee. Grand-daughters Samantha (Ryan) Mason of Beaver Falls, Pa, and Jennifer (Aaron) Banas of Jamestown, Pa., stepson Scott (Jesusa) Werley of Port Orange, FL and step-daughter Tricia Morris of Cochranton, Pa. Step-grandchildren, Jared Werley, Kelsey Gamble, and Alexandra Werley of Meadville, and Alyssa Scott, of Erie. Step great-grandchildren, Gavin, Carson, Dawsyn, Landyn, Areyiah, RJ, and Ah’loni. Brother-in-law, David Oliver of Meadville, Pa. Cousins, Ray Jackson of Farmdale, Ohio, and Herman (Mary Kropniak) Jackson of Vienna, Ohio. and a half-brother Ricky Papsun of North Carolina. A very dear friend and African hunting buddy, Don (Linda) DePofi of Burghill, Ohio. Many cousins, friends, and railroad buddies through out the years.
Preceding Ed in death were his parents, his aunt and uncle who raised him, sister-in-law, Leanne (Custard) Oliver, and a special second cousin, Michael Jackson of Farmsdale, Ohio.
Per Ed’s wishes there will be no calling hours or service. He wants us to have a party to celebrate his life and all to have a fun time. This will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Crematory Services, of Port Orange, Fl.
Lynne Oliver Knuth
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